In a stunning turn of events, the MotoGP world is abuzz with the news that Marc Marquez will be leaving Honda at the end of the 2023 season to join Gresini Racing, riding a Ducati bike.
With a year still remaining on their four-year contract, both Marquez and Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) have made the bold decision to part ways.
This decision marks the end of an incredible 11-year collaboration between Marquez, known as the #93, and HRC, during which they achieved six premier class World Championships, five Triple Crowns, 59 victories, 101 podium finishes, and 64 pole positions together.
Marquez’s journey with Honda began in 2013 when he secured his debut premier class victory aboard the Honda RC213V at the Grand Prix of the Americas, making him the youngest premier class winner at that time. He went on to claim the premier class World Championship later that year.
In the following years, Marquez continued to dominate the MotoGP scene, defending his title in 2014 and securing titles in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 while riding for HRC with the Repsol Honda Team.
The decision to part ways was mutual, with both parties believing it is in their best interest to explore new opportunities to achieve their respective goals and targets. While this news has shaken the MotoGP world, it’s a testament to the ever-evolving nature of the sport and the determination of its athletes.
As we look ahead, the 2024 MotoGP World Championship season promises to be a thrilling one, with Marquez bringing his talents to Gresini Racing and the Ducati team. Both HRC and Marquez have expressed their commitment to giving their full support for the remaining rounds of the season.
In the world of motorsports, change is the only constant, and this move by Marc Marquez only adds to the excitement and anticipation for the future of MotoGP.